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OPA financial report shows major increases in revenue

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Two months into new year, receipts, expenses come in much better than expected By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Two months into its current fiscal year, Ocean Pines Association financials are ahead of budget estimates by more than $740,000. Finance Director/Controller Steve Phillips reviewed departmental budget figures for May and June during the board meeting… Read more »

Family flees fast-moving fire

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By Greg Ellison (July 29, 2021) Two adults and two children escaped unharmed Monday evening, as Berlin firefighters took more than hour to extinguish a fire at 6 Stevenson Lane. A trio of felines was rescued later inside the structure. The incident, which was reported at 6 p.m., displaced Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations… Read more »

Berlin Historic District gives approval for fence, window

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By Greg Ellison (July 22, 2021) Berlin’s Historic District Commission approved extending fencing behind the Globe Theatre and renovating a drive-up window at Mother Flowers during its meeting last Wednesday. Globe fence Globe Gastro Theatre General Manager Joe McElroy was given permission to remove, update and extend existing fencing along Gay Street. Both safety and… Read more »

Committee seeks better turnout at annual meeting

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By Greg Ellison (July 22, 2021) The Ocean Pines Communications Committee discussed its plans to publicize the current board election and next months annual homeowners’ meeting last Thursday, and previewed a tie-in with Worcester County History Week this October. Marketing and Public Relations Director Josh Davis told committee members an elections webpage has been added… Read more »

Berlin weighs how to spend federal funds

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With millions available now council must develop plan By Greg Ellison (July 22, 2021) Town of Berlin officials have yet to determine where to direct $2.4 million in American Rescue Plan funds recently awarded to the municipality, with federal program directives mandating allocations by December 2024 and expenditures prior to December 2026. Town Administrator Jeff… Read more »

OP board stays out of election matters

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Choice of words leads to hint of election committee unfairness in directors race By Greg Ellison (July 22, 2021) What was intended to be a closed session meeting Sunday afternoon to discuss whether to respond to accusations of political bias by the Ocean Pines Elections Committee instead turned into a 45-minute open session, with the… Read more »

Townhomes downsizing gets BZA OK

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Special exception granted for flood zone workaround By Greg Ellison (July 15, 2021) Berlin’s Board of Zoning Appeals approved both a conditional use and special exemption request for a proposed 33-townhome community on Maple Avenue during its meeting last Wednesday. Maple Avenue of Berlin LLC and UTR Ventures LLC are looking to develop three parcels… Read more »

WC Rec Parks snags bathtub trophy

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By Greg Ellison (July 15, 2021) Throngs of spectators cheered the return of the annual Bathtub Races to Main Street Berlin Friday, when the 31st annual outing saw the Worcester County Parks and Recreation team take the trophy away from Deeley Insurance Group, the 2019 champions. Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells said after… Read more »

After 30 years, Bohlen mulls Berlin’s continuing evolution

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By Greg Ellison (July 15, 2021) After jumping on board in the early phases of the downtown’s resurgence, Berlin Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen has witnessed the evolution of Berlin from a typical Eastern Shore community into Budget Travel’s 2014 title holder of America’s Coolest Small Town. Native to the region, Bohlen grew up in… Read more »

Berlin signs off on disc golf test events at Decatur Park

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By Greg Ellison (July 15, 2021) Disc golf will get a trial run at Stephen Decatur Park next month, following the Berlin Town Council’s 3-1 vote Monday to allow three events to take place on an 18-hole course at the site. Local disc golf pros Austin Widdowson and Shawn Johnson, both members of Eastbound Disc… Read more »